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Phone: 913-299-7100
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MISSOURI

Phone: 816-655-5494
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medication management

Empowering patients to manage their medication with confidence.

Objective

Taking multiple medications is a way of life for most older adults, and taking them correctly is essential for treating health conditions and managing symptoms.

Putting a simple yet effective system in place, and educating on the fundamentals of medication management, helps seniors avoid common medication mistakes.

The Aquinas Home Health Medication Management Program was established and implemented by Dr. Appl and his clinical team to educate, support, and create transparency between physicians.

Education On Medication Management

The Importance of Medication Management

  • • 50-70% of patients do not take medications as prescribed
  • • Adults 75 and older struggle with medication instructions and adherence
  • • Older adults who live alone were found to be more prone to medication errors
  • • Patients with chronic disease have a higher risk of non-adherence to their medication regimen
  • • 64% of elderly patients are taking at least one medication that is not ordered after discharge from a hospital setting
  • • At discharge 73% of elderly patients take least one medication incorrectly
  • • At discharge 32% of elderly patients were not taking all medications ordered after a hospital stay
Our Approach to Medication Management

Our clinical team works to educate our patients on each visit, and proactively communicate with our patients’ physician(s) and care givers to ensure all care team members are well versed on the management of their medication.

Our Home Health Medication Reconciliation process for in home care has five critical steps:

  1. VERIFICATION – Collect an accurate medication list prior to and during care delivery
  2. CLARIFICATION – Clarify any questions about drug/dose/frequency
  3. RECONCILIATION – Proactively communicate with physician about ALL medication, including both questions and concerns.
  4. EDUCATION – Using a multi-disciplinary approach to medication management and educating on medication at each visit.
  5. INTEGRATION – Utilizing community resources and innovative techniques to guide patient independence on medication management
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICATION MISMANAGEMENT

  • • Mild to severe side effects due to inaccurate dosages
  • • Contraindications of medications causing confusion – leading to a fall
  • • Side effects that may cause dizziness - leading to a fall
  • • Over utilization of pain killers/Opioids - leading to accidental overdose
  • • Over utilization of OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) medications - resulting in liver/kidney damage
  • • Medications that interact with one another – making medication less effective
  • • Unknown consequences due to Self-prescribed medication
  • • Hospitalization or RE-Hospitalization due to complications
  • • DEATH